Latest on the appeal on the minimum income threshold for spouse/partner visas

In 2013 many applicants for the spouse/partner visas felt relief after the UK High Court found the controversial UK immigration rules requiring a minimum income of at least £18,600 for spouse/partner visa applications, as ‘unjustified and disproportionate’ where the sponsor is a refugee or a British citizen.

The UK Home Office has however filed an appeal against the judgement made on the 26th of July. This appeal was heard in the Court of Appeal in the beginning of March 2014.

Judgement on this case is now being awaited and BIC is hoping to have more news on this by May 2014.

Tragically, whilst the case is being fought in the UK courts, 3,014 families’ lives have been put on hold. This is the number of settlement applications form non-EEA partners on hold pending the results of the judicial review, from July to December 2013.

It is estimated by some authors that the number has since increased by about another 1,500 families, to a shocking 4,500 families.

For families desperate to an alternative solution, there is the so-called ‘Surinder Singh’ route. For more information on this please contact a BIC consultant for more information.